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Peter Handscomb wins Test spot for Australia over unlucky allrounder Mitch Marsh

Staff writers, December 6, 2018 7:54AM News Corp Australia Network

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Peter Handscomb during the Australian training session at Adelaide Oval. Picture: Getty Images media_cameraPeter Handscomb during the Australian training session at Adelaide Oval. Picture: Getty Images

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CRICKET: Australia has dropped* vice-captain Mitch Marsh for the first Test against India starting in Adelaide today, recalling* Peter Handscomb and backing their star quickbowlers to carry a heavier workload.

Allrounder* Marsh had been under serious pressure to keep his spot after not scoring many runs on the tours of South Africa and the UAE.

Opener Marcus Harris will make his debut* in the series-opener, becoming Australia’s 456th male Test cricketer.

Marsh will be sent back to play for Western Australia in the Sheffield Shield, but captain Tim Paine made it clear that he was likely to be required later in the series, with pitches* in other cities unlikely to provide as much assistance to the bowlers.

“Mitch Marsh probably hasn’t been as consistent as he would like and we would like,” Paine said. “We’re taking an opportunity to send him back to Shield cricket … knowing at some stage we’re probably going to need him.”

Tiger Woods in Melbourne promoting next year’s President’s Cup. Picture: Michael Klein media_cameraTiger Woods in Melbourne promoting next year’s President’s Cup. Picture: Michael Klein

GOLF: World golfing superstar Tiger Woods has given the strongest hint yet that he will appear as a rare playing captain in the 2019 President’s Cup at Royal Melbourne next year.

Woods (United States) and fellow golf great Ernie Els (the Internationals) were earlier this year announced as captains for the biennial* event, to be held in Melbourne next December.

But 14-time major winner Woods has declared he will accept the role of playing skipper — which has happened just once — if he is to earn automatic qualification for the American team.

“If I am part of the top eight, yes, I will play,” Woods said in Melbourne yesterday.

Although his stunning injury comeback has him ranked No. 14 in the world, a 10-month surgery break last year means Woods sits 16th on the US team standings.

Serena Williams with her 2017 Australian Open trophy. Picture: AFP media_cameraSerena Williams with her 2017 Australian Open trophy. Picture: AFP

TENNIS: Serena Williams will make her return to the Australian Open for the first time since winning in 2017 when eight-weeks’ pregnant, with almost all of the world’s top 100 players confirmed to play at Melbourne Park.

That includes injury-prone* Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray.

Williams returned from giving birth to her first child to reach the 2018 Wimbledon and US Open finals, but suffered upset losses in both to leave her stuck on 23 major wins.

Australian Open organisers said she was among the entries for the opening Grand Slam of the year as she attempts to equal veteran tennis star Margaret Court’s record of 24.


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GLOSSARY

  • dropped: left out of the team
  • recalling: bringing back into the team
  • allrounder: quality batsman and bowler
  • debut: doing something for the first time
  • pitches: batting surface on a cricket oval
  • biennial: every two years
  • injury-prone: suffers lots of injuries


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